Five Revelstokians were honoured for their service to the community as the Revelstoke Museum & Archives celebrated the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday.
Dr. Geoff Battersrby, Helen Grace, Steven Hui, David Johnson and Wally Mohn were awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals at the ceremony outside the museum.
Mayor David Raven read out the reason each was honoured as they were handed their medals by Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks.
Battersby was honoured for his service as a director with the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, his nine years as mayor, his role in the formation of the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation and his guidance in helping the city through many transitions.
Grace received the award for her many years of work with a number of community groups. As Raven said, she has been the secretary-treasurer of almost every community group in Revelstoke at one point or another.
Hui was recognized for his work with Rotary and the Community Foundation. Raven also cited all the behind-the-scenes work he does that goes unrecognized.
Johnson, who passed away earlier this year, was recognized for his work as chair of the Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation, efforts with the Revelstoke Railway Museum and his service to the Anglican Church. His wife Edna-Mae accepted the award on his behalf.
Mohn was honoured for his 30 years as an RCMP officer, as well as his role in establishing Revelstoke Search & Rescue as one of the leaders in the province.
The ceremony began with the singing of O Canada and God Save the Queen. MC Graham Harper then read out some little-known facts about Queen Elizabeth II, such as she doesn’t need a drivers license to get behind the wheel.
Cathy English, the curator of the Revelstoke Museum, was joined by Helen Grace for a mock interview about the numerous royal visits to Revelstoke. Grace, who was dressed in her best Queen Elizabeth II costume, played the role of the monarch, relating stories of her and her family’s visits to Revelstoke.
Afterwards there was cake, music and more. View the slideshow above for photos from the ceremony.